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Man seriously injured after being struck by VPD cruiser on Downtown Eastside: IIO

East Hastings Street signage is seen in this file photo from April 2018. East Hastings Street signage is seen in this file photo from April 2018.

A man who was walking on the Downtown Eastside early Tuesday morning was hit by a Vancouver police vehicle and seriously injured, according to the province's police watchdog.

The pedestrian was struck at 12:30 a.m. at East Hastings Street and Dunlevy Avenue, according to the Independent Investigations Office of B.C.

"The (man) was taken to a hospital for treatment and observation," the IIO said in a media release Wednesday. "Initial investigative steps will seek to clarify the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the man’s injury and whether police action or inaction played a role."

Witnesses or anyone with video of the incident are urged to call 1-855-446-8477.

The IIO investigates police-involved incidents that result in death or serious injury, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

The Vancouver Police Department – asked if an officer driving one of its vehicles was involved in the collision – did not provide an answer to CTV News. Top Stories


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